PuppetTVGraffiti GifContemporary Artist and Flippant Dadaist
Marcus Clarke's
'PuppetTVGraffiti' page.  
Affectionate anarchy. Divergent Art.
An Art movement partly inspired by Jim Henson's NBC Pipes

Artistic Statement of 2014/15
I'm not a Curator or an Academic. I'm an Artist.
I believe in change and improvement through work, education and creativity.
My work is Public facing.
I am a contemporary visual artist who founded the art movement PuppetTVGraffiti in 2010. My artwork is an extrapolation of my 25 years as an artist and puppetry practitioner and advances this and Contemporary Art by building on my early art student works from 1977 and that of my mentor Jim Henson with his early work the NBC Pipes of 1964. It also draws on my personal experiences of childhood and youth, belief and loss, often adding historical Semiotics to realise Puppetised objects and images that have some of the qualities of a Puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. Humour.
My work has always incorporated Personal Commentary and I've recently began what I call Art Writing, a sort of Academic Contrivance that amusingly explores the relationship between imagery and text.
In 2014 I had a major exhibition called Homeless in the Puppetised City in Nottingham which I will restage at The Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Nottingham City Central Library and over the whole of February 2015. It will include old and new works created under the banner, The DogHorse Coat giving the overall Exhibition its title.

Materials. I use Drawings, Photographic images printed on card, canvas or just things.
Symbolic and iconic objects. Clothing, and I add to them using my Puppet Making materials and techniques. Puppet Props and Costumes. Bits and bobs.

Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4. (right) Pencil, graphite pen, charcoal on paper with shirt, foam, faux fur and sculpted and cast styrene eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers  and shoelace on Foam Board.

The DOGHORSE COAT Exhibition - Couvrage chevelain pour chienc,on
To be held at the Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Central Library Nottingham. Pet Dog Coats are given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. With personal commentary.

Dog, Horse,
Heraldic Designer Dog Coat
Above Puppetised Dog Coat is titled
OEillet rouget, longe langue.

I'm interested in combining the worlds of Medieval Heradlry and modern day Designer Dog Coats, Horse Coats.
On the right is an image of Lord Lutterell which I found while a Schoolboy at Lutterell School in Nottingham. I remember showing it to the Headmaster. The Badge, Emblem or Charge of white birds on blue field, background, was on my school breast Blazer pocket. It was emblazoned upon me.

Homeless in the Puppetised City a landmark Exhibition, one man show, in the City of Nottingham held Easter 2014. 12x new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham City Buildings are stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an instillation style exhibition that includes video composite playouts. There are also accompanying and complementing family Building image based Puppetising activity workshops. Very well recieved and reviewed se Exhibition page.
Completed Puppetised works featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition Printed item

 Catalogue for iPad Free eBook
 Exhibition Page
 Facebook Page
 Press Release

Homeless in the Puppetised City
An accompanying family building Puppetisation workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation.
See Educational

Canadian/British Project Ancient to Modern.
In a childs footsteps. Details

(Marcus spent his early years as a child in Canada)

Nelson's Column Trafalga SquareNational Gallery LondonBig Ben
Below. Some British Art Show Venues for 2010 and some People are Puppetised.
Nottingham Castle Art
                              Contemporary Art Gallery New Art Exchange Nottingham
Nottingham Castle Gallery and Museum
Titled 'Yes we have no Bananas'
Title. Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery New Art Exchange
Titled 'Hey Mr. Tallyman'
David Cameron Prime Minister nottingham city council
                              house Ed Miliband Mp
Titled David Cod Cameron Nottingham City Council House
Title. Ed Bird Miliband

About this work. Reliquario di Pinocchio

A fragment of the true nose of Pinocchio in it's original Reliquary. More

Some Quotes.
"interesting juxtaposition, an eclectic mishmash, a concentration of tropes".
"Gesamtkunstwerk". anon
"A local artist making a mark regionally, nationally and internationally". Peter Knott. ACE.
"A play with Semiotics". "If I didn't think I was creating great Art, I wouldn't do it". "Chaos out of order" and
"I've never worried about being 'found out'. I know I'm not a fraud." Marcus Clarke
Who does he think he is". The Spectacle

                  cover by Marcus Clarke Some Press

The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke.

Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC

Childhood Short Stories page

Exhibitions and Hangings.

Reading into itThe National Open Art Competition 2014
The submission right has been shortlisted for the 2014 Stage 2 judging.
Title. Reading into it.

Black Spot Art WritingSurface Gallery International Postcard Show 2013 and 2014
January 15th to February 8th 2014 the work is called Black Spot. It's the first work of a new Art Writing style I've been developing called Art Writing.
              Gallery Bug
January 16th to February 2nd 2013 titled, The Surface Gallery Bug. 

FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation.

Three Works including 'Aproval needed'.

Nottingham Castle Gallery Annual Open 2011
Marcus Clarke exhibiting 'Or it's just a Brick.'

Viewers of this Film may also find this clip from Fellini's ROMA of interest.
There's a lot of comedy and dramatic creativity that you added to that event that wasn't already there or would have been humourless and self regarding. You made your own self and the refused piece into the art!

Surface Gallery Nottingham 2011

'Salon des Refuse's'

August 2011
Works hung titled
Nottingham on the Square
Native Marcus Clarke (Self Portrait)

Native Self Portrait of Marcus ClarkeAbout this work. self Portrait.
'Native Marcus Clarke'.


Many Artists have done a Self Portrait and I wanted to do one too. Recently I got out all of my Puppetised Pictures to show a Magazine Editor. I saw the opportunity to grab a photo of myself with my Pictures. Helena (below) obliged. More

Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully detourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image.
In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been detourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically.
His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art. Dr. Adam Barnard.

As a Visual Artist and Curator I have delved into the work of Marcus Clarke for his interesting perspectives on his works politically, geographically and for his alternative observations. His work is playful but also omits a familiar reasoning. As a fellow resident in Nottingham, it is interesting to see Marcus being involved and speaking for the mass in terms of 'defamiliarization' where one has to disown their prior knowledge to return to it and embrace anew. It is this connection where I engage in his creative development as an evolving artist whose work encompasses the social state with a humorous and nonconforming approach. His energy and pro-activeness consistently offers an unpredictable view of his work.
Diana Ali. http://www.dianaali.com/

marcus and kemi 4 Puppetised Jacket's Project page 

First Thursday Night and Saturday Morning
                City Council House

A Rose by any other name

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